Antiques of Kochi

Jew Town in Kochi, Kerala is the home to an elaborate antique market. Several shops sells antiques and collectables form many years. Another attraction is the historical synagogue which was build up in 15th century. Thousands of tourists visit Jew town every day to see the market and purchase antiques. Here, I met Ashraf.

A view of the warehouse interior
A view of the warehouse interior
Plaster off the wall revealing cut-stones
Plaster off the wall revealing cut-stones
Inside view with Ashraf looking on
Inside view with Ashraf looking on
Glass tiles to let natural light in
Glass tiles to let natural light in
Ashraf leading to warehouse
Ashraf leading to warehouse
Shops by the street
Shops by the street
Ox-head is well known from the Bharani Festival, Chettikulangara
Ox-head is well known from the Bharani Festival, Chettikulangara
More antiques
More antiques
Shops
Shops

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Cup of tea by the lake side
Cup of tea by the lake side

Ahsraf owns one of the leading businesses located here. A man of experience and business acumen, he offered to take me on a tour of his shop and warehouse, located at the end of the street. The neatness of the place was impressive. Walls that had lost some of the plaster and the cobwebs ironically adds to the beauty of the place. Beautiful Vembanadu lake is at the backyard of Ashraf’s vast warehouse.

Ashraf by lakeside
Ashraf by lakeside
Ashraf showing some catalogues
Ashraf showing some catalogues
Beautiful clock
Beautiful clock
Plantain by the well
Plantain by the well
Uniterrupted power
Uniterrupted power
29" bicycle
29″ bicycle

 

Shops display top quality antique stuffs like architectural wooden houses, pillars, ceilings, beautiful furniture which are made out of Rose wood and teak wood. Bronze statues,Bronze vessels like world famous Uruly (the Kerala cooking vessel which is made out of quality bronze), ancient Hindu wood carvings, Hindu terracotta figures, old Jars, old wooden statues, Tanjavoor Paintings, Christian figures and paintings and traditional Kerala handicrafts of Kerala are also available.

 

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